Guide to exporting commercial goods from Canada:
Determining if you need an export declaration

2. Determining if you need an export declaration

Certain goods are not required to be reported on an export declaration. The exempted goods are listed in sections 6 and 7 of the Reporting of Exported Goods Regulations and are further explained in Memorandum D20-1-1, Export Reporting.

If your export matches one of the exemptions on the list, advise your carrier and indicate "No Declaration Required" (or "NDR") with the proper explanation or corresponding numerical code on the transport documentation (cargo control document, manifest, bill of lading, etc.).

Exporting Goods From Canada: Documentation Requirements for Exporters
Type of Goods United States Destinations (includes Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands) All Other Destinations (includes goods moving through the United States to foreign destinations)
Restricted Goods

(i.e., regulated, controlled, or prohibited goods - regardless of value).

Permit, certificate, or license required by other government departments (if applicable)

Export declaration is not required

Permit, certificate, or license required by other government departments (if applicable)

Export declaration is required

Non-Restricted Goods

(i.e., goods that do not require a permit under any Act of Parliament)

Export declaration is not required

Export declaration is required (for commercial goods valued at CAN$2,000 or moreFootnote *)

If you use the Canadian Automated Export Declaration (CAED) electronic method of reporting and the goods you are exporting are restricted, you must present a paper copy of your export declaration, together with the accompanying permit, certificate, or license to the CBSA at the export reporting office that is indicated on the permit. If no office is indicated, at the office that is located nearest to the place of export.

Even if you are exporting restricted goods to the U.S. that are exempt from export reporting requirements, you are still required to present your permit, certificate, or license to the CBSA at the export reporting office located nearest to the place of export.

Goods transiting through the U.S. to a subsequent international destination must be reported on an export declaration. Because the ultimate destination of the goods is a country other than the U.S., they must be reported if their value is CAN$2,000 or more, or any value if the goods are restricted. In addition, any goods entering the U.S. on a transportation and exportation entry (T & E) bond (i.e. in transit) require an export declaration.

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